Tianjin City (天津市) is located in the northeast of the North China Plain, facing the Bohai Sea in the east, and seated against Mount Yanshan in the north. It is the sixth-largest city in China and is also one of the four direct-controlled municipalities that reported directly to the central government. Tianjin City (天津市) is extremely close to the capital Beijing City and is only 30 minutes away via the new inter-city train services.
Tianjin City (天津市) has been an important military base during the Qing Dynasty. As such, there are numerous remnants of historical city walls and military installations in the city. Tianjin City (天津市) has traditionally been the naval base of the Chinese rulers based in nearby Beijing City (北京市). The city retained its strong tradition with sea travel and today The Port of Tianjin is the largest artificial port in China with more than 30 sea lines connecting to over 300 seaports around the world.
In recent history, Tianjin City (天津市) has been occupied by numerous western powers such as Italy, Germany, France, Russia, Britain, Austria, Belgium as well as Japan. These occupation forces had constructed many western-style buildings and villas that remained today.
The major tourist attractions in Tianjin City (天津市) include the Great Wall at Huangya Pass (黄崖关), Ancient Culture Street (古文化街), Tianhou Temple (天后宫), Temple of Great Compassion (大悲院) and the Dagu Fort (大沽炮台).
The Great Wall at Huangya Pass (黄崖关) is a segment of China’s famous Great Wall. This particular segment of the Wall is built over 1,400 years ago and runs over some of the steepest terrain that offer spectacular photographic opportunities for tourists.
The Ancient Culture Street (古文化街) is a recreation of traditional Chinese streets and neighborhoods. You can find antiques, souveniors and local food at reasonable prices here.
Along the Ancient Culture Street (古文化街) is the Tianhou Temple (天后宫), dedicated to Tianhou (天后), the Goddess of the Sea. The temple is now converted to a museum dedicated to traditional folk customs such as clay works, wood carvings and local handicrafts.
The Temple of Great Compassion (大悲院) is one of the largest and best preserved Zen Temples in China. The temple comprises of 2 parts; the Old Temple built in 1669 and the New Temple built in 1940 which housed a golden statue of the Sakyamuni Buddha from the Ming Dynasty.
The Dagu Fort (大沽炮台) is a historical monument built in the 16th Century along the Hai River Park some 60km southeast of Tianjin City which participated in the Opium Wars and the Boxer Rebellion.
Tianjin City (天津市) is also home to famous universities such as Nankai University and Tianjin University. In recent years, there has been numerous high-tech parks developed in the city, the most famous of which is the Tianjin High-Tech Development Park.
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